september, 2019

25sepAll Day27Artiz For Educators: Street Art at USQResidency for Teachers and Educators


september 25 (Wednesday) - 27 (Friday)


University of Southern Queensland

West Street, Darling Heights, Queensland, 4350

Event Details

Have you ever wanted to implement a large-scale mural project at your school or within your community? Learn how to develop quality public art projects from concept to collaborative conclusion. Refine your street art techniques with aerosols, image transfers, tape-work and stencils.

Program Dates: Wednesday 25 September – Friday 27 September, 9 am-5 pm daily

Cost: $325 for 3 days*

* Includes lunch, workshops and materials. Educators must source own accommodation and transport.

Program Schedule:

Wednesday 25th September

 – Welcome and introductions
 – First Coat studio tours and career talk with First Coat
 – Tour of first coat festival works
 – Presentation and in depth look at things to consider when applying a large scale mural creation process within schools and education contexts.
 – Concept development and mural design for the wall
 – Creating shape techniques

Thursday 26th September

 – Artist career talk
 – Producing patterns for the wall techniques
 – Aerosol spray techniques
 – Technique for transferring pattern to the mural wall 

Friday 27th September

 – Artist career talk
 – Finalising images on wall
 – Stencil making workshop
 – Completion of the wall
 – Program wrap up

Registrations close Friday 30 August



Simon Degroot


Simon is a visual artist and educator who creates work for exhibition and large-scale mural painting. His practice investigates ways that abstract graphic forms can carry meaning in contemporary painting. He uses abstraction and translation to encourage visual connection and recognition in his work considering how painting can be used to highlight a sense of place and identity and build a visual experience of being in the world.  Degroot works collaboratively with council, businesses, artists, school groups, and communities to facilitate public art projects for students while also creating large-scale public murals in his own practice. He has completed significant public work for: The City of South Perth, Bundaberg Regional Galleries, Queensland Rail, Cairns Regional Council, Brisbane City Council and The Brisbane Hilton.


Benjamin Werner


Since completing his honors degree in 2004 in fine art at Queensland College of Art, Benjamin has held annual solo exhibitions, exhibited in many group shows, art prizes and numerous private and public collections. Benjamin’s practice revolves around the search for the sublime in optics and colour, borrowing from both additive and subtractive colour theories. His current practice involves Oil painting, LED artworks, installations, mural/large scale wall works and ceramics; all centered on his light based studies taken from many cities around the world. Benjamin has worked on collaborative mural painting projects for clients including Queensland Rail, QAG and GOMA.


Katie Whyte


Studying how painting can influence our understanding of space, Katie completed a Bachelor (Honours) of Visual Arts at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. After this, she began studying and working as an optical vision therapist. This career change was a departure from the arts and a step towards a clinical understanding of visual perception.  Alongside a team of behavioural optometrists,  she trained individuals to more effectively navigate through space and interpret their surroundings. Returning to the studio, Whyte’s painting practice continues to explore this parallel between the process of deriving meaning from vision and the abstraction of painted forms.

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